During her 2020 US Open campaign, she repeatedly wore Kobe Bryant’s Laker jersey as a testimony of strength for herself. Later, she even posed wearing the same along with the winner’s trophy.
Kobe Bryant was a basketball legend who played for the Lakers and won five NBA Championships. He was and is considered one of the greatest of all-time athletes. He lost his life alongside his daughter Gianna in a helicopter crash with seven others.
Later in the press conference, Osaka said, “I just want to be the type of person that he thought I was going to be. He thought I was going to be great, so hopefully, I will be great in the future.”
What Are Some Interesting Facts About Naomi Osaka?
Even though there is not a lot to know about her personal life yet, the Q&A’s of the 23-year-old star helped fans to get to know her better. Like her favorite city is Tokyo in Japan and it is her older sister Mari Osaka (also a professional tennis player) who is sillier of the two.
When she was born her mother wanted to name her Leo. The World No. 3 also confessed that her favorite kit is the US Open 2019 kit.
The current US Open champion might head to the Australian Open next where she will aim to win a fourth Grand Slam title.